Residential Building Permit Drawing Requirements

General Requirements

Quality of Plans
All drawings are to be prepared to professional drafting standards. Plans must be scalable and have dimensions. All drawings must have titles and have the scale clearly indicated. Single line drawings or drawings on graph paper will not be accepted. Drawings marked “preliminary only” or “not for construction” will not be accepted.

Number of Drawing Sets
At least one (1) complete set of drawings are required to be submitted with every application for building permit.

Professional Design Required
In general, the use of screw piles, grade beam & pile foundation over one (1) storey and pressure treated wood foundations (PWF) are required to bear the seal and signature of a design professional licensed to practice in the province of Saskatchewan.

Required Plans
Not every project will require all of the plans listed below, however it is required that all pertinent information be on the drawings received for review. The plans required will depend on the project being applied for. Plans must show all of the intended work and have enough detail so that a person unfamiliar with the project could follow them for construction. Any information missing from plans, or plans are incomplete or inaccurate, the time required to process or review the building permit application is likely to increase.

Site Plan
A site plan identifies buildings and other features in relation to property lines. It must identify existing buildings, structures, and features on the property, and the changes to the property created by the proposed project. Minimum information requirements for site plans include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • North Arrow, Legal Description, Civic Address
    • Abutting street names and lane
    • Property lines and dimensions
    • All existing building and structures (indicate shape and dimensions)
    • Proposed construction or demolition (indicate shape and dimensions)
    • Setbacks to all property lines from existing and proposed structure(s)
    • Separation distances between all buildings and structures on the property
    •  The width of the driveway or crossing at the point where it crosses the property line
    • The distance from the side property line to the edge of the driveway where it crosses the property line

Floor Plans
Floor plans provide a “bird’s eye view” of the different floor levels of the project. Floor plans show scaled dimensions of the project, and include rooms, spaces, and other features. Walls and partitions shall be shown at the appropriate width for the scale used. (Please note that single line wall and partition drawings are not acceptable.) It should be noted that this information is required not only for new construction, but for any existing buildings as well. Minimum information requirements for floor plans include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Exterior, interior and partition wall layouts
    • Exterior and interior dimensions
    • Door and Window sizes, locations
    • Stair plans and details, including cross-sections, handrail and guard details
    • Plumbing fixtures
    • Minor structural elements (lintel sizes, materials, lengths)
    •  Location of Smoke Detectors, and Carbon Monoxide Alarms
    • Indicate what materials will be used if soffits project within 1.2m of a property line  

Building Elevation Drawings
A building elevation drawing shows the exterior views of the building for each building face, and height relationships and exterior finish information. A building elevation drawing is required for each building face. Minimum information requirements for building elevations include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Height dimensions
    • Wall Area’s from finished grade to soffits
    • Exterior finishes and materials 
    • Exterior building components (walls, roof, doors, windows, etc.)
    • Window types
    • Roof slope/pitch
    • Roof venting
    • Top of floor elevation(s) 
    • Top of finished grade
    • Attachment/ relationship to existing buildings (where applicable)
    • Subfloor Depressurization System, materials and location  

Building Section Drawings
Building section drawings show a view along an imaginary line cut through the building, indicating it’s structural and construction elements. These drawings expose and identify the construction elements of the roof, walls, floors, and foundations. Minimum information requirements for building section drawings include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Building components (walls, roof, floors, foundations, etc.)
    • Material size and type
    • Attachment/ relationship to existing buildings (where applicable)
    • Height dimensions
    • Top of finish grade elevation
    • Top of floor elevation(s)
    • Bottom of footing elevation

Structural Drawings
Structural drawings show the structural support components and details of the proposed project, from the foundation to the rooftop. Minimum information requirements for structural drawings include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • Foundation plans, details, sections and all applicable schedules (ex. pile schedules)
    • Slab-on-grade and slab plans, section and details
    • Floor framing plans, sections and details
    • Roof framing plans, sections and details 
    •  Loadbearing walls, pads, columns, beams and joists

Assurance of Field Review and Compliance for Electrical, Ventilation System & Plumbing Facilities
An Assurance of Field Review and Compliance form must be submitted after the project is complete. 

Building Division
City of Prince Albert
1084 Central Avenue
    Prince Albert, SK
   S6V 7P3
Phone:  306.953.4370
Fax:  306.953.4380